The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

May 1, 2013

Resolution supports OETA

Staff reports
Associated Press

— The Council of Retired Presidents of Oklahoma Colleges and Universities has approved a resolution in support of Oklahoma Educational Television Authority.

The resolution thanks OETA for its “superb service as Oklahoma’s Largest Classroom” for the past 60 years.

The resolution also supports increased and continued funding for OETA, so it can continue to provide its educational programs to all Oklahomans, according to a press release from the council.

Northern Oklahoma College President Joe Kinzer, treasurer of CRP, is a signatory to the letter.

The resolution was unanimously adopted at the April meeting of the CRP and will be distributed to members of the Oklahoma Legislature and other state leaders today.

“We cannot take for granted the importance of public support for not only common education and higher education, but for OETA as well,” said CRP Chairman John Hays, president emeritus of Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

In the past four years, OETA has lost 26 percent of its state aid, the council said. This reduction has required OETA to reduce several of its local productions including reducing its award-winning nightly news to only once a week.

The broadcasting agency also will be eliminated as a state agency in 2014 unless the Legislature acts, the council’s release stated.